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Latest posts by green fingered finch

Ideas for replacement shrub needed

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 09:48

We are chopping down this big fir tree from beside the fence as it's hideous (amongst other reasons!) and need ideas for a replacement shrub or robust climber. We want something around 6 - 8 ft tall to provide privacy and screen out the neighbours shed. Preferably fast growing (ie we don't want to wait 5 years). It is west facing so will get full sun at the top but partial shade at bottom. Soil is dryish although that could be due to fir tree currently sapping the moisture. Here is a pic of how it is at present:


Transplanting a Leycesteria (Himalayan Honeysuckle)

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 21:18

Excellent, thank you all. They seem to be so sturdy and grow anywhere! And yes a pheasant berry not a partridge! 

Lost garden tools

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 18:58

B&Q used to do bright orange garden tools. No chance of losing them (unfortunately!) 

Transplanting a Leycesteria (Himalayan Honeysuckle)

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 18:57

Anyone have any idea if it is possible to transplant a Leycesteria (Himalayan Honeysuckle). We have several dotted around, but there is a small one about 2 foot tall that is in the wrong place so we would like to move it. Has anyone tried this? Would I need to cut it back first? And what time of year is best? (I'm guessing Autumn, but this is a guess!)



What is eating my redcurrants?

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 18:42

haha nice location for a nest.. food on the doorstep  


What is eating my redcurrants?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 12:50

Hmm blackbirds could well be the culprits. But why only those berries and not the others? 


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 10:26

We have 2 or 3 hedgehogs that visit our garden nightly. We leave out dry hedgehog food on a little saucer on one of the paving slabs.. when they come along they stand on the saucer and tip it up, making a 'chink' sound on the paving slab which we hear from our bedroom... it always makes us smile.


What is eating my redcurrants?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 10:20

Does anyone know what could possibly be eating my redcurrants? I bought a new little bush earlier in the year which is now about 2 feet high and planted it in a gap amongst the already established blackcurrants and raspberries. But in the last week or so something or someone has eaten almost all the new little redcurrant berries that were hanging from it The thing that is baffling me is that whatever it was left the thousands of blackcurrants and raspberries and just went for the few redcurrants I had. There is no bird poo anywhere around there to give any clues.

Any ideas?

(I have since covered everything with netting!) 

What's wrong with my clematis? And what can I do?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 10:16

Got rid and planted a new one, which is (so far) growing beautifully! 


What's wrong with my clematis? And what can I do?

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 17:33

Thanks for the advice. I'm reluctant to cut it down to the base Obelixx as its taken 2 years to grow since last cut down! Maybe I will try cutting out the dead bits and feed it and see what happens. I guess I can cut it down if all else fails. Its such a shame after waiting so long! 

Never heard of garlic water for slugs! I go out daily to collect slugs and snails from the garden. Its become a bit of an obsession! 


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